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Going Green With Pennsylvania Propane

December 27, 2016 / Joshua Prizer / Propane

At Thrifty Propane, we are proud to offer a clean fuel source for our customers. Unlike coal, heating oil, natural gas and many other energy sources, your Pennsylvania propane is listed as a green fuel by the United States and other countries.

While propane is a by-product of petroleum and natural gas refining, this gas will not harm the environment. If it leaks outside, you never have to worry that your propane will harm the atmosphere, the soil or local water sources. Burning wood and coal and heating oil releases harmful toxins into the environment and natural gas can be very harmful to the environment if it leaks.

Obviously, if you do have a propane leak, you will want to contact your propane provider immediately as the gas is flammable and it can be harmful to inhale, especially inside your home, just as with a natural gas leak. Leaks are very uncommon, but
we will provide you with any safety information you might need when we come out to install your propane tank.

Not only is your Pennsylvania propane a green fuel, it also is a highly efficient fuel. Typically, you will need to use less propane to produce the same amount of heat as electricity or natural gas would produce. Propane burns cleaner and hotter than many other fuels, including heating oil and electricity. It also is wise to note that you cannot use heating oil for many different appliances. Propane is not only green; it is versatile and can be used to heat your home as well as running your stove/oven, dishwasher, water heater, washer, dryer and much more.

If you wish to use Pennsylvania propane to power many different appliances, then it can be wise to purchase a larger tank, such as a 500-gallon propane tank or perhaps a 1,000-gallon propane tank. These can be placed above ground and often place underground. Filling them up in July and August, when the prices are typically lowest is highly recommended as you will score the best possible deal and cut propane costs, while also ensuring that you have plenty of propane on hand as you head into the winter months.

Using Pennsylvania propane is just one way to achieve a greener lifestyle. There are several other options to consider, as well, including:

1. Consider Solar Energy

If you can afford the cost, you also could install solar panels on your home. Using a combination of solar energy and propane is a great way to reduce your dependence on the grid and to ensure that your energy sources are cleaner. Solar power also has the advantage of being a renewable resource.

2. Alter Your Water Use

Whether you live in an area prone to drought or not, conserving water use is always a good idea. Not only does conservation save money, it preserves this precious resource. Installing low-flow shower heads and toilets help to reduce your water waste. Reducing the amount of grass in your yard and planting drought-tolerant plants also will help you reduce your water usage.

Making tiny changes, such as turning off the water when you brush your teeth, also reduces waste. Set a timer prior to taking a shower and you will save water as well as your Pennsylvania propane as you won’t waste as much heating your water. When you use your dishwasher or clothes washer, ensure that these appliances are as full as possible to reduce water waste. Letting dishes air dry and washing clothes in cold water also will help you conserve propane.

3. Conserve Energy

You probably would be surprised to learn how much energy you waste in a given year. For instance, do you have televisions, DVD players and computers plugged directly into the wall? These appliances drain energy even when you are not using them, so consider plugging them into a power strip and turn the strip off when these items are not in use. Likewise unplug items such as your toaster and coffeepot when not in use. Turn off lights when you leave the room.

During the summer months, closing drapes and shades can keep the inside of your house cooler which means your air conditioner won’t have to work as hard to cool the house. Close the vents in rooms that you don’t use so that you are not heating or cooling these rooms. Assess the insulation in your attic to ensure that heat is not escaping out of your home via this route. Install a programmable thermostat that allows you to adjust the inside temperature throughout the day and even turn off the heater or AC when you are not at home.

These are just a few tips that will help you live a greener, more energy-conscious lifestyle. If you are interested in switching to Pennsylvania propane and enjoying the benefits of this clean fuel, give us a call and we will come out for an initial consultation.

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